Manbazar I (community development block)
মানবাজার I সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন ব্লক
|community development block|
|• Total||378.82 km2 (146.26 sq mi)|
|• Density||340/km2 (870/sq mi)|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Purulia|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Manbazar|
Manbazar I (community development block) is an administrative division in Purulia Sadar East subdivision of Purulia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Manbazar, Puncha and Kenda police stations serve this block. Headquarters of this block is at Manbazar. 
Jaina Bhagavati-Sutra of 5th century AD mentions that Purulia was one of the sixteen mahajanapadas and was a part of the kingdom known as Vajra-bhumi in ancient times. In 1833, Manbhum district was carved out of Jungle Mahals district, with headquarters at Manbazar. In 1838, the headquarters was transferred to Purulia. In 1956, Manbhum district was partitioned between Bihar and West Bengal under the States Reorganization Act and the Bihar and West Bengal (Transfer of Territories) Act 1956.
Manbazar is located at.
As per 2001 census, Manbazar I block had a total population of 127,609, out of which 64,310 were males and 63,299 were females. Manbazar I block registered a population growth of 8.56 per cent during the 1991-2001 decade. Decadal growth for Purulia district was 13.96 per cent.Decadal growth in West Bengal was 17.84 per cent.
In Manbazar I CD Bloc the scheduled caste population was 31,233 and the scheduled tribe population was 30,402. Each of these groups formed about a quarter of the total population.
As per 2001 census, Manbazar I block had a total literacy of 55.09 per cent for the 6+ age group. While male literacy was 74.00 per cent female literacy was 35.94 per cent. Purulia district had a total literacy of 55.57 per cent, male literacy being 73.72 per cent and female literacy being 36.50 per cent.
The ruins of a 12th/13th century Buudheswara Shiva and other temples lie at Budhpur, under Manbazar Police Station, 6 km (3.7 mi) north of Manbazar town on the road to Hura, on the north bank of the Kangsabati River (locally known as Kasai).
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